Reviews and Problems with Nikon 85mm f/2.8D PC-E Micro NIKKOR
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7 August 2012
Summary: Little difficult to master, but a great lens. I only wish it were possible to do autofocus. As this is manual focus, it has limited applications, but it's a great portrait lens. I recommend using a smaller aperture to make sure your focus is tack sharp. Almost impossible to use the focusing dot (my camera helps it decide if it's in focus or not) in the dark.
Summary: This lens is one of the best made by nikon. stunning sharp, other pictorial results excellent as well. PC-E version is a bit lighter than older PC, but you cannot use PC-E mounted on any older body and any of extension rings, bellows without electric contacts cannot be used because of electronicaly managed aperture, PC version has no problem. Optically both versions are similar. Nice piece of lens.
Summary: I love this PC-E lens with my D700. I've owned it for over a year and it gives me just what I need. However, I did send it into Service to have the Tilt & Shift knobs co-aligned, instead of at right angles, as for architecture. Now, there is not much space between all the knobs and buttons. With the Tilt & Shift in-line, I get exactly what I need every time. So I am a happy camper.
Summary: I do a fair bit of macro photography, and lately this lens has become my favorite. I tend to be "old school" and for a long time, my setup included an old bellows system with the Nikon 60mm macro. Honestly, I didn't use the bellows so much to get more magnification - it was all about having the tilts and shifts so I could choose exactly what parts of the image stayed in focus.
Summary: This is obviously a specialized lens, not something that the casual shooter would consider getting. That said, for some very interesting in-camera effects the tilt and shift become quite interesting.
Summary: I don't know why it took me this long to get this lens!! I don't know how I ever survived without it!! This lens practically turned my D3 into a View Camera. This lens is my number one lens in the studio for Table Top Product Photography.
Summary: The lens is very sharp at all apertures. It works very well for portraits with good bokeh (nice out of focus areas and transition, close-ups and of course anything that requires tilt/shift capability. I use it on both the Nikon d300 and d700 bodies and am very pleased with the images that it produces. The lens is smooth and easily worked for all operations and the manual focus is smooth and precise.
Summary: Was looking for PC lense that can also be used for micro use. Does the job as expected. I use it for close-up still objects as well as landscape/portrait with interesting perspective. Also, note that this can be used as normal 85mm portrait lense, which also works great. Takes a bit to get used to, though. Not for everyone, but for those who knows what he wants to do with it.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Strong Construction